Shop Ethical Brands This Holiday Season on Shop for Good Sunday

Posted on November 20, 2018 by Katie Schmidt | 0 comments

Shop for Good

Everyone knows about the big shopping holidays in the days immediately after Thanksgiving. While Black Friday and Cyber Monday get most of the attention, these are corporate holidays that focus on just one idea: saving money. But what if shoppers could take this opportunity to also do something good with their holiday purchases? Shop for Good Sunday is a relatively new shopping holiday that takes place the Sunday after Thanksgiving, falling on November 25th this year. Learn how you can support fair employment, quality craftsmanship, natural ingredients and products, and other positive missions by shopping ethical brands on Shop for Good Sunday.

What Is Shop for Good Sunday?

Ethical fashion

Shop for Good Sunday was created in 2016 by DoneGood, an online platform that helps shoppers find sustainable, ethical, and artisan-made products when they shop online. DoneGood uses its connections with these brands to promote ethical shopping the Sunday after Thanksgiving and throughout the entire month of November. Many partners offer exclusive deals through Shop for Good Sunday as well to help entice shoppers to put their dollars toward ethical brands instead of big corporations during the holiday season. At Passion Lilie, we’re offering 25% off through November with the promo code “Shop4Good.”

But it’s not all about saving money—it’s about putting your money toward better uses by supporting ethical brands. It doesn’t always feel like our individual purchases make a difference, but according to DoneGood, Americans spend more than $1 trillion every year on holiday gifts alone. That’s more than we donate to charity over the course of the entire year! Imagine the difference we could make together if we gave more of those dollars to brands that are working to help other people, animals, and the environment. By participating in the collective Shop for Good Sunday movement, we can. In addition to the 25% off you’ll receive from Passion Lilie, Done Good is donating 10% of all sales from this campaign to RAINN – the nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization.

As a movement, Shop for Good Sunday has grown by leaps and bounds every year since its inception. More than 100 companies will participate this year, and the goal is to align our consumerism and commercialism with the true spirit of the holidays—giving back and helping out humanity.

An Enormous Potential Impact

black friday fair trade shopping

With consumer spending accounting for nearly 70% of the U.S. economy, and over a trillion dollars being spent on holiday shopping alone, the potential impact that could arise from changing the shopping habits of just a fraction of those buyers is immense. Even a small shift in consumer holiday spending from big businesses to companies that are fair trade, eco-friendly, or otherwise socially conscious could do wonders in improving the lives of so many disadvantaged people across the world, not to mention the enormous benefit it could have on our environment. The billions of dollars even a single percentage point of spending would generate could provide a much-needed source of funding for turning our planet around and improving workplace practices worldwide.

How to Participate

To get started, visit the Shop for Good Sunday website. You can learn more about the movement, see which businesses are associated with it, and even start your holiday shopping early. Many Shop for Good Sunday partners are offering 25% off all November, including Passion Lilie! So start making a difference with your dollars today.

Shopping at Passion Lilie on Shop for Good Sunday

Passion Lilie

Special Deals and Discounts

Passion Lilie Pineapple TotePineapple Tote

To celebrate Shop for Good Sunday, we are offering 25% off ALL purchases this November. Just use the code “Shop4Good” when you check out! Or shoppers can get 20% plus a free tote with coupon code: "ethicalfashion". 

These adorable and trendy totes are perfect for ethical shoppers on the go. Adorned with vibrant and unique designs, our bags are ethically made using environmentally friendly practices and fair trade artisans. You won’t believe how often you use this tote bag once you ditch plastic bags and replace them with this sustainable (and fashionable!) accessory. Even if you can’t shop with us this November 25th, take advantage of our other deals this November to use your purchasing power for good and receive a free tote bag in the process.

What Makes Our Brand Ethical and Sustainable?

Eco-Friendly

ethical and sustainable fashion

At Passion Lilie, we truly love the environment and are always on the lookout for ways we can do our part to protect it for future generations. This is why all of our dyes are either natural dyes (made from plants or vegetables) or azo-free dyes (man-made dyes that are free from carcinogens and harmful toxins). We also recently transitioned to 100% organic, pesticide-free, non-GMO cotton for an even greener product. 

In addition to our eco-friendly materials, we make sustainability the cornerstone of our production process. Our fabrics are washed by hand in local waterways and then dried in the sun. Leftover pieces become the materials for accessories, such as scarves and headbands. By using natural energy, waste reduction, and water reduction, we can do our part to help preserve the environment every step of the way.

Fair Trade Federation Member

Fair Trade Federation Member

All Passion Lilie, we are a Fair Trade Federation Member, meaning our products are made using trade that is empowering, equal, and just. As a fair trade company, we partner with several production groups in India to produce our fabrics, apparel, and patterns. Even though our products are designed in New Orleans, each and every one is made in India. Every worker receives fair wages, works in safe and healthy conditions, can take time off, and much more. We ensure every worker receives fair and dignified employment that helps empower them to build a better future.

Celebrate Shop for Good Sunday in Style with Passion Lilie

Ready to celebrate Shop for Good Sunday in style? Shop Passion Lilie all November long with the code “Shop4Good” to receive 25% off your purchase, and shop with us on Shop for Good Sunday to receive 25% off or 20% off PLUS a free tote bag!

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Black Friday Through Fair Tuesday: Passion Lilie’s Deals This November

Posted on November 14, 2018 by Katie Schmidt | 0 comments

Buy this Ice & Dots Organic Knit Dress, featuring unique hand block printed black dots on white, long sleeves, and a starfish cut-out neckline, for 20% off this November 23rd through 27th.

Ice & Dots Organic Knit Dress

Now that it’s November, the holiday shopping season is officially in full swing! There are tons of great deals to be had all over the web, and at Passion Lilie, we’re bringing you savings this November from the 23rd through the 27th in time for Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday, and Fair Tuesday.

Ready to save on sustainable styles for the holidays? Read about Passion Lilie’s amazing holiday deals to make your holiday shopping season a little brighter.

Passion Lilie Holiday Deals: November 23–27

Black Friday (November 23)

Save 20% on all purchases during our November promotion, including this Dotted Blue Fleece Sweater, featuring uniquely patterned white dots on blue in warm, 100% organic fleece.Dotted Blue Fleece Sweater

As the most well-known day for shopping of the entire year, Black Friday is full of deals and steals for all kinds of products online and in store. This year, skip the lines and shop from the comfort of your own home with Passion Lilie. We’re offering 20% off any purchase made during Black Friday as well as a FREE sustainable tote bag with your purchase! Deals like that are enough to make anyone an ethical fashion fan.

Small Business Saturday (November 24)

Next is Small Business Saturday. What started in 2010 as an organic, homegrown holiday to promote small businesses after the traditionally corporate Black Friday has become a major shopping day of its own. Today, small businesses around the country celebrate the holiday, making it a major sales day and a way for people to show their support for small businesses. At Passion Lilie, we’re making it easier than ever to shop with us by continuing to offer 20% off all purchases and a free tote bag with ANY purchase!

Shop for Good Sunday (November 25)

Passion Lilie is committed to working with fair trade artisans, such as this woman from India, who met with our founder and designer, Katie Schmidt, on one of her recent visits.

This little-known holiday is gaining momentum as a day to shop from brands with a mission to help others. Passion Lilie is proud to work exclusively with fair trade artisans from India, offering them fair wages, long-term employment, and safe, healthy working conditions. When you shop with Passion Lilie on this day, not only can you feel good about supporting our mission with your purchase, but you can also take advantage of our holiday weekend discount: 20% off your purchase PLUS a free tote bag! For more information about Shop for Good Sunday, read our blog post.

Cyber Monday (November 26)

Above all else, Thanksgiving is a time for family, so don’t worry if you didn’t get the chance to do your shopping yet. The following week begins with Cyber Monday, a day of discounts for online retailers and e-commerce sites all across the Internet. All Passion Lilie products are available through our website, and when you shop with us this Cyber Monday, you’ll get the same great deal we offered all weekend long: 20% off ANY purchase—no minimum amount required—and a free tote bag!

Fair Tuesday (November 27)

Receive a free tote bag, such as this Peacock Tote, which features an elaborate navy-and-gold peacock, as our gift to you during our November holiday promotion.Peacock Tote

Finishing off the month and our sweet streak of holiday deals is Fair Tuesday. Fair Tuesday is a celebration of fair trade businesses throughout America and the work they do to uplift the impoverished and traditionally disenfranchised with fair, dignified working opportunities. Show your support for the fair trade movement by shopping at Passion Lilie and taking advantage of our last day offering 20% off AND a free fair trade tote bag, which is both trendy and environmentally friendly.

With deals like these, it’s like Christmas come early at your favorite ethical clothing company!

Sustainable Holiday Gift Suggestions

Not sure what to buy? Take a look at a few of our favorite items for gifting (or keeping!) this holiday season.

Stocking Stuffers

This Grey with Black Timeless Ikat Scarf, featuring a lighter gray in the middle and darker gray with tassels at the ends, is sure to look and feel great on any man, woman, or child in your life this holiday season.Grey with Black Timeless Ikat Scarf

 Passion Lilie carries a variety of fun scarves for anyone in your life. Take this traditional stocking stuffer to the next level with our fashionable patterns and soft, comfortable material.

– Our Chevron Headband is a trendy accessory women of all ages will love. Not only that, but these headbands help fulfill our mission of reduced textile waste.

– Looking for something a little different? Stock up on our sustainable cloth napkin sets for a gift that keeps on giving well after the holidays are over by making dining a little greener meal after meal.

    For Her

    The Clio Jersey Cardigan, pictured here with its classic navy color and white polka dots, is the perfect gift for any woman who wants to keep comfortable and warm while looking her best.The Clio Jersey Cardigan

    – Want something warm to get through the winter? Our comfy and chic cardigans and sweaters make the perfect “warm and fuzzy” gift for the eco-enthusiast in your life.

    – There’s nothing more intimate than buying the perfect dress for the woman in your life. Check out our variety of elegant, fashionable, ethically made dresses today.

      For Him

      This Classic Tulip Men's Button Down Shirt, which features a unique, black floral print on white and long sleeves, is a great gift for the man who wants easy and comfortable fashion.Classic Tulip Men’s Button Down Shirt

      We have a variety of fair trade button-down shirts for the special guy in your life. Help him discover a style he’ll love!

      We Are Your Source for Sustainable Shopping Steals!

      Passion Lilie is your source for sustainable shopping steals this November! No matter which November shopping holiday you’re observing, you’ll find a great discount from Passion Lilie. Start shopping now to find unique, chic gifts for anyone in your life this holiday season.

      Posted in Button-Downs, Cardigans, Cloth Napkins, Conscious Consumer, Deals and Promotions, Dresses, Gift Ideas, Headbands, Men, Scarves, Sweaters, Tote Bags, Women

      Sustainable Style: Understanding Handwoven Fabric

      Posted on October 30, 2018 by Katie Schmidt | 0 comments

      This Boysenberry Wrap Dress from Passion Lilie features a unique pattern, deep red and black colors, cuffed long sleeves, pockets, and handwoven fabric.Boysenberry Wrap Dress

      Handwoven fabrics are a great way to practice sustainability in style. At Passion Lilie, we offer a range of clothing and accessories made from handwoven fabrics to suit anyone’s tastes. Want to learn more about the benefits of handwoven fabrics? Check out our comprehensive guide below!

      Sustainability and Handwoven Fabrics

      Passion Lilie's handwoven fabrics are made by hand on a loom, as seen here.

      You might be wondering, how do handwoven fabrics fit in with sustainability? Handwoven fabrics are made by hand using a handloom, which does not require electricity or produce any pollution. In addition, the lack of automation presents weavers with many more opportunities to reduce waste and engage in sustainable practices.

      At Passion Lilie, we take this a few steps further to make our handwoven fabrics even more environmentally friendly. Our process is dedicated to preserving the environment through the use of natural energy, waste reduction, and water reduction. Our artisans wash fabrics by hand in local waterways, dry them in the sun, and use any leftover pieces for other handicrafts or accessories.

      As a fair trade company, Passion Lilie also creates a sustainable environment for our workers. All of our clothing is made by fair trade artisans, which means we pay them fair wages, offer them stable employment with time off and other benefits, and ensure they are working in safe, healthy, empowering conditions. These opportunities permeate our artisans’ communities as they spend their profits in their local economies, start their own businesses, and share their skills. This leads to sustainable societies and a better world for all of us, even the most disadvantaged. Learn more about our artisans or how you can support the fair trade movement today.

      Ikat and Handwoven Fabrics

      Our sustainability isn’t the only thing that sets Passion Lilie’s handwoven fabrics apart. Many of our handwoven fabrics are also colored through an ancient ikat dyeing process. “Ikat” originates from the Indonesian word “mengikat,” meaning to tie, bind, or wrap around. It uses reactive dyes—the same dyes used for modern tie-dye—and bindings that resist dye penetration to create beautiful and original patterns before weaving. These dyes are especially resistant to bleeding, which keeps them bold and vibrant. Watch the video below or read more to learn about Passion Lilie’s handwoven ikat fabrics.

      Handwoven Fabric FAQs

      The Navy Stars Midi Skirt from Passion Lilie features a white star print on navy handwoven fabric, a wide waistband front, and pockets.Navy Stars Midi Skirt

      Due to their intricacy and lack of use by mainstream, fast fashion retailers, many people have questions about handwoven fabrics. And we have the answers!

      Do handwoven fabrics shrink?

      Compared to knitted fabrics, woven fabrics are much more stable when it comes to shrinking and do not react as severely to stresses. A small amount of shrinking is still possible, so if you’re concerned about shrinking, we recommend using cold water and laying flat to dry.

      Are handwoven fabrics stretchy?

      Unlike synthetic-based knit fabrics, which are made from one continuous thread and stretch all over, woven fabrics only stretch diagonally—or as we say in the sewing world, on the bias—giving them enough flexibility to be comfortable while still feeling sturdy and looking fitted.

      Are handwoven fabrics comfortable?

      Of course, comfort is subjective and largely depends on the materials being used and the wearer’s preferences. That being said, many of our customers have commented on how soft and comfortable our handwoven cotton fabrics feel.

      Do handwoven fabrics itch?

      This depends on your sensitivity and on the materials being used, but handwoven fabrics are no itchier than any other fabrics. At Passion Lilie, our handwoven cotton fabrics do not itch. Handwoven fabrics also tend to breathe much better than polyester and other synthetic fabrics, making them more comfortable.

      Shop Passion Lilie for Handwoven Clothing

      This Blue Striped Scarf from Passion Lilie features blue stripes on white handwoven fabric and tassels at the ends.Blue Striped Scarf

      Now that you have a better understanding of everything handwoven fabrics have to offer, take the next step and purchase beautiful, sustainable, handwoven clothing and accessories from Passion Lilie. Our handwoven fabrics are available in a variety of skirts, dresses, pants, tops, jackets, scarves, cloth napkins, and more. If you have any more questions about our handwoven clothing, please contact us today.

      Posted in Conscious Consumer, Dresses, Eco-Friendly, Empowering Artisans, Ethical Apparel, Fabric, Fair Trade, Fashion, Handwoven Fabric, Ikat, Scarves, Skirts, Sustainability, Women

      How to Celebrate Fair Trade Month

      Posted on October 18, 2018 by Katie Schmidt | 0 comments

      Celebrate Fair Trade Month this October by shopping for fair trade products, which may include fair trade tags or labels such as this to help identify them.

      It’s finally October! Besides the beautiful weather outside, all of the fun fall festivals, and the changing of the seasons, something else exciting is also happening: Fair Trade Month. Read on to learn more about this annual opportunity to celebrate and spread the word about the fair trade movement.

      What Is Fair Trade Month?

      Founded back in 2011 by Fair Trade USA, Fair Trade Month serves as a way to raise awareness about the fair trade movement and its importance to our global economy. It also encourages consumers to shop from fair trade businesses instead of businesses that hurt the environment and their workers. Every October, fair trade companies, Fair Trade Towns, and those who support the movement create promotions, events, and other celebrations in honor of Fair Trade Month.

      How to Support Fair Trade Month Here in New Orleans

      With celebrations happening all over the country, there’s no shortage of ways to participate in Fair Trade Month, and New Orleans is no exception. As a fair trade company whose apparel and accessories are designed in New Orleans, Passion Lilie is committed to supporting fair trade in New Orleans and beyond. Show your support during Fair Trade Month and all year long in New Orleans by making fair trade and sustainable purchases from these businesses.

      Food

      Shop for fresh fruits and veggies, like those pictured here, along with other fair trade foods to help support the Fair Trade Movement in New Orleans.

      When you don’t feel like cooking, fill up on a variety of healthy and sustainable fair trade dishes at Cafe Rose Nicaud in the Marigny.

       With two locations within the city limits (plus one in Metairie and one in Mandeville), healthy food megastore Whole Foods offers a diverse and wide range of fair trade foods for a tasty and nutritious way to show your support for the movement.

       New Orleans Food Co-Op prioritizes fair trade products when available, especially fair trade certified chocolate and coffee. If you become a member, you also have a say in how the cooperative is run, allowing you to have an even larger impact on the food in your community.

        Cafés

        Looking for an easy way to start supporting fair trade? Switch to drinking fair trade coffee, like the delicious cup of coffee pictured here.

        – According to Fair Grinds Coffeehouse, it is the sole coffeehouse in New Orleans that is 100% fair trade. All of its chocolate, coffee, and tea is fair trade, so head to one of two convenient locations in Mid City and the Marigny.

        – Gourmet donut shop District Donuts only uses Stumptown Coffee, which is fair trade and even has its own location right here in New Orleans. Visit your nearest District Donuts in Uptown New Orleans, Lakeview, Elmwood, or even Baton Rouge.

        – Located on Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., Orleans Coffee House serves a range of fair trade and organic certified coffees. It also has an espresso bar on Prytania Street.

        – Good Karma is a café in Mid City that specializes in plant-based food and drink. Even better, all of its coffee is fair trade and organic.

          Shopping

          This Snuggle in Chevron Sweater from Passion Lilie features a black-and-white hand block stamped chevron print and dolman sleeves. It's made from 100% organic cotton and is fair trade.

          – Get your Mardi Gras merch early with recycled beads and throws from Arc of Greater New Orleans. It’s a great way to save money, reduce waste, and provide jobs to workers with disabilities.

          – Need a great pair of shoes? Feet First is an independent shoe retailer voted “Best Shoe Store in New Orleans” nine times and counting. It carries a variety of local products, including fair trade accessories and apparel from Passion Lilie.

          – Shop for a variety of fair trade clothing, such as the Snuggle in Chevron Sweater shown above, right here at Passion Lilie. We also sell fair trade accessories, homeware, and stationary. To learn about the many benefits of buying fair trade clothing, read our blog post.

            Shop Passion Lilie Today and Receive a Free Headband

            Make Fair Trade Month better by shopping at Passion Lilie! Every online purchase made this October through November 3 will receive a free fair trade headband, as shown here in our variety of styles.

            Naturally, you’re going to need some stylish fair trade outfits to celebrate Fair Trade Month in New Orleans, and there’s no better place to buy them than Passion Lilie. Even better, we’re giving away a free fair trade headband with every online purchase made during Fair Trade Month! Just use the coupon code “FairTradeMonth” any time from now until November 3, and you’ll receive a free headband with your purchase.

            Shop our complete line of ethical apparel, discover more ways to support fair trade, or contact us with any questions today.

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            How to Support the Fair Trade Movement

            Posted on September 25, 2018 by Katie Schmidt | 0 comments

            By supporting fair trade brands like Passion Lilie and the entire fair trade movement, you can empower workers across the globe with fair, dignified employment.

            Supporting the fair trade movement is a terrific way to empower workers across the globe and contribute in your own way to a fairer and more equal Earth. Showing your support for fair trade can encompass a whole host of activities, from supporting local economies to purchasing fair trade products and reducing your environmental footprint. Not only will you feel better for making fair trade purchases, but you can enjoy better quality products than those available from sweatshops. Read on to learn how you can support and grow the fair trade movement today.

            What Is Fair Trade?

            Fair trade is a movement among businesses that seek to uphold certain economic, social, and environmental standards. Fair trade companies support the protection of workers’ rights and the environment with fair pay, safe working conditions, and sustainable processes. To ensure that a brand claiming to be fair trade is living up to those standards, organizations such as the Fair Trade Federation (FTF) exist to confirm businesses that actually enact fair trade practices. Passion Lilie has also created a handy ethical shopping guide to help consumers determine if a company supports ethical, fair trade practices.

            Why Support Fair Trade?

            As a member of the Fair Trade Federation, whose logo is pictured here, Passion Lilie is proud to support fair pay and working conditions, eco-friendly practices, and more.

            There are plenty of reasons to support the fair trade movement, but these are a few of our favorites:

              • Fair trade means fair pay and working conditions for farmers and
                producers. All fair trade products are made in safe, healthy working conditions, where producers are paid a fair wage for their work and have a say in the process.
              • Fair trade is better for the environment. Fair trade supports and encourages sustainability, which can range from lowering pollution levels to reducing waste and much more.
              • Fair trade is safe. Fair trade utilizes integrated farm management systems that limit the use of harmful pesticides, which means fair trade food, clothing, and other organic products are safe and healthy.
              • Fair trade supports workers’ communities. With an emphasis on supporting the local communities of producers and workers, fair trade can improve artisans’ communities, schools, healthcare, infrastructure, and more.
              • Fair trade means sustainable local economies. Fair trade gives producers and artisans control over their own destinies with fair wages, safe and healthy working conditions, and other workers’ rights, meaning they can eventually build their own businesses and put the profits right back into their local economies.

            Ways to Support Fair Trade

            Ready to show your support for the fair trade movement? Here are a few great ways to get started:

              • Invite a fair trade speaker to your school, company, or city to spread the word.
              • Learn about fair trade issues and help others become educated as well.
              • Turn your community into a Fair Trade Town.
              • Work with local businesses to encourage and help them “go fair trade.”
              • Use fair trade products, such as the affordable ethical clothing and other eco-friendly apparel and accessories available at Passion Lilie.

            Hex Flex Men's Button Down Shirt

            Looking for a fair trade shirt that's stylish, comfortable, and versatile? Look no further than Passion Lilie's Hex Flex Men's Button Down Shirt, pictured here.

            For unbeatable comfort and style, choose our fair trade Hex Flex Men’s Button Down Shirt. We use soft, breathable, poplin cotton to make this sturdy, comfortable, machine washable shirt. Meanwhile, the geometric pattern and carefully tailored fit make this shirt a great choice for everything from a day in the office to a night out with friends.

            Elephant Tote

            The fair trade Elephant Tote from Passion Lilie, pictured here, is as practical as it is fashionable with a red elephant design on sturdy canvas.

            This canvas bag is the perfect eco-friendly, fair trade tote for carrying groceries, gym clothes, your laptop, and whatever else you might need. Our trendy elephant design is block printed with a hand carved wood block using vibrant, environmentally friendly dyes.

            Support the Fair Trade Movement by Shopping with Passion Lilie

            Start shopping for fair trade products from Passion Lilie, such as the gorgeous dress pictured here, to support the fair trade movement today.

            As an eco-apparel company, Passion Lilie is wholly devoted to making fair trade products designed in New Orleans and handcrafted in India. Purchasing clothing, accessories, homeware, and even recycled greeting cards from Passion Lilie is a chic and unique way to show your support for the movement while looking good too. Visit our website to view our full line of eco-apparel and other products, and start supporting fair trade now!

            Posted in Button-Downs, Conscious Consumer, Eco-Friendly, Empowering Artisans, Empowering Women, Ethical Apparel, Fair Trade, Guides, Men, Shirts, Sustainability, Tote Bags, Women

            Planning a Sustainable Dinner Party: Cloth Napkins and More

            Posted on September 18, 2018 by Katie Schmidt | 0 comments

            Sustainable dinner parties are a great way to show your love for the environment and have fun doing it. While many people assume that throwing a sustainable dinner party simply consists of using local and organic ingredients at your next hosted dinner, there is so much more to it than that. Reusable, sustainably made dishes, utensils, and napkins not only add class to any dinner, but minimize your environmental footprint. These eco-conscious dinners offer a fun, tasty, and effective way to convince your nearest and dearest to go green through the persuasive power of a good meal. Learn how to plan your own sustainable dinner party with environmentally friendly cuisine, cloth napkins, and more today.

            Cloth napkins, such as this Chambray Cloth Napkin from Passion Lilie, are a must when planning a sustainable dinner party.

            Crafting Your Menu

            The first essential to any dinner party highlighting responsible agriculture is eco-friendly eats. Consider these tips:

            • Get ingredients from local gardens, farmers’ markets, and other sustainable sources.
            • Ask grocery stores for food that is safe to eat but will be thrown away, such as bruised produce or expired food.
            • Moderate how much meat and dairy you include in your meal.
            • Eat any leftovers later that week!

            Sourcing Sustainable Dishes and Utensils

            The next step in planning for your sustainable dinner party is to source sustainably made dishes, silverware, and napkins to accompany your meal. If you need disposable items, there are a number of companies online that offer plates and utensils made with sustainability in mind. You can also check out local shops and artisans to supply the tools your guests will need to enjoy the feast you’re preparing for them.

            Cloth Napkins from Passion Lilie

            One of the best sources for sustainable cloth napkins is the collection available from Passion Lilie. We are an eco-friendly, fair trade brand that offers a variety of apparel, accessories, homeware, and more made by empowered artisans in India. As an ethical brand, we ensure our artisans receive fair wages, safe and healthy working conditions, and long-term employment. By purchasing our high-quality, sustainable cloth napkins, you can reduce your impact on the environment while also supporting fair job opportunities in India. Browse all our napkins or get started with the two recommendations below.

            Salmon Ikat Cloth Napkins (Set of 4)

            The guests at your next sustainable dinner party are sure to enjoy these Salmon Ikat Cloth Napkins from Passion Lilie, which are as ethical as they are beautiful.

            These gorgeous cotton napkins make it easy to give up paper! Their salmon color complements earthy tones for a subtler look or teal tones when you’re feeling bolder.

            Grey Dots Cloth Napkins (Set of 4)

            Whether you're throwing a sustainable dinner party or just enjoying a quiet meal alone, these Grey Dots Cloth Napkins from Passion Lilie are an easy way to step up your dinner game with sophistication and sustainability.

            With their appealing dotted pattern and neutral colors, these cotton cloth napkins can turn any meal into a special occasion.

            Shop for Eco Outfits to Complete Your Party

            Of course, no dinner party would be complete without a great outfit to go with it. When hosting a sustainable dinner party, it’s only natural that your environmentally friendly choices extend to your wardrobe as well. Luckily, Passion Lilie is just the place to get your eco-chic apparel. Consider these looks for your next dinner party.

            Navy Stars Organic Jersey Wrap Dress

            Planning a sustainable dinner party doesn't stop after you procure your ethical food, dishes, utensils, and cloth napkins. Make sure your outfit is just as classy and ethical as the rest of the party with this Navy Stars Organic Jersey Wrap Dress from Passion Lilie.

            This stunning wrap dress from Passion Lilie comes in a navy, patterned, organic jersey material that is sure to get everyone’s attention and make you the life of the party. With its soft and stretchy fabric, this dress leaves you feeling comfortable all day long while still showing off your curves in a fitted silhouette.

            Gray Chevron Crop Pants

            With their neutral colors, zigzag pattern, and mid-calf leg, these Gray Chevron Crop Pants from Passion Lilie strike the perfect balance of style and sophistication.

            Want to go fun and funky? These lightweight pants show off your fashion sense with a mid-calf leg and zigzag pattern. The gray and black colors keep your look sophisticated, giving these pants the ideal balance of style and professionalism for more casual work environments, professional events, and dinner parties.

            Passion Lilie: Your Go-To for Sustainable Cloth Napkins and More

            As a premier eco-apparel and home goods brand, Passion Lilie is ready to help you on your path to greater, greener living. Contact Passion Lilie with any questions, and get started on your next sustainable dinner party the right way today.

            Posted in Cloth Napkins, Conscious Consumer, Dresses, Eco-Friendly, Ethical Apparel, Guides, Pants, Sustainability, Women

            Send a Recycled Card: Make Someone’s Day While Giving Back

            Posted on August 14, 2018 by Katie Schmidt | 0 comments

            The Greeting Card Association reports that we purchase around 6.5 billion greeting cards annually in the United States. There are so many special occasions that are even better with a card, but that’s a lot of cards and a lot of paper. Did you know that recycling just one ton of paper can save 31 trees and 3.5 cubic meters of landfill space? According to the Southern Waste Information Exchange, that’s not only true, but we’re also not making enough efforts toward embracing recycling. Not enough places offer recycled cards. Although they’re often harder to find than they should be, rest assured that you can always buy a recycled card from Passion Lilie for your next special occasion!

            Recycled cards like these are available for purchase from Passion Lilie.

            A Recycled Card for a Good Cause

            When you buy a recycled card from Passion Lilie, you support a good cause. Our cards not only help you support recycling, but support elephants in Sri Lanka, too. Each card is made from elephant dung, which is a free resource in Sri Lanka and makes great recycled paper once it’s cleaned and processed. It may sound odd, but you would never know from looking at (or smelling) any of these cards! Sri Lankans have long neglected elephants as an economic resource and killed them off, but by turning their dung into paper, we are helping to shift how Sri Lankans view and treat elephants.

            While it already feels great to buy a recycled card to support elephants, the good that comes from your purchase doesn’t stop there. Each recycled card is hand block printed by a young adult in India who has autism or handicap disabilities. These individuals are part of a training program for those with special needs, and each recycled card’s proceeds contribute to their education and training.

            Learn more about the story behind Passion Lilie’s recycled cards on our website.

            A Recycled Card for Every Occasion

            Can’t wait to start purchasing our recycled greeting cards? Here are a few perfect occasions with a recycled card to match.

            Back-to-School Teacher Welcome Card: Butterfly

            If you’re a parent sending your child back to school this fall, send a greeting card with your student. You can introduce yourself and thank them in advance for guiding your child through the next step in their education. It’s a lovely way to show your appreciation. The recycled Butterfly Greeting Card is great for this occasion, because butterflies are often associated with growth, and the hand block design is eye catching and beautiful.

            This recycled card from Passion Lilie is a perfect way to show your appreciation for a teacher or role model of any kind.

            Good Luck Card: Bird

            A greeting card is one of the most meaningful ways to wish someone good luck. No matter if it’s for the first day of school, a big interview, or another significant event, the recycled Bird Greeting Card from Passion Lilie is sure to bring a smile to their face. Birds are brave and soar high, and seeing one is an excellent inspiration for anyone preparing for something big or intimidating.

            When you want to wish someone good luck, there's no better way than to give them this recycled card from Passion Lilie.

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            For all your recycled card and ethical fashion needs, check out Passion Lilie’s selection of products today. If you like this post, read about why we’re proudly made in India and any other posts on our blog. Shop now or contact Passion Lilie with any questions.

            Posted in Conscious Consumer, Eco Dyes, Eco-Friendly, Empowering Artisans, Greeting Cards, India, Sustainability

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